Dry Stone Wall Workshop dates announced

 Freeport Historical Society presents the 3rd Annual Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop with Chris Tanguay, owner of Maine Dry Stone

 One or two-day, hands-on workshop:  Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9, 2011, 9:00am- 4:00pm both days.

Join local stone waller Chris Tanguay of Maine Dry Stone for his excellent dry laid, stone wall building workshop. Chris is an accredited Master Craftsman with both the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain and the Dry Stone Conservancy in Kentucky. He is also a certified instructor and examiner for the DSWA of Great Britain. 

The first day of the workshop will focus on the basic structural techniques used when building or restoring a typical field stone wall. The second day of the workshop will build on these skills, but will include more on detail work. If desired, more advanced instruction can be provided for those with a higher level of skill.

Workshops take place at historic Pettengill Farm, located on Pettengill Road off of Flying Point Road in Freeport, Maine.

Saturday workshop is $65.00; two-day workshop is $110. Lunch is included. Registration and payment is required in advance. This workshop sells out each year. Don’t be disappointed. Register now!

FMI: Freeport Historical Society  (207) 865-3170, email info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org or follow us on Facebook.

Tickets available for 2nd Annual Barns and Quilts Tour

Child's 4 Patch Quilt, 1874

Plan to enjoy an early day of autumn at the 2nd Annual Historic Barns & Quilts tour sponsored by Freeport Historical Society.

On Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00am until 2:00pm, this very special event will feature visits to four unique barns built during the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Quilts selected to coincide with the timeframe of each barn will be on display.

Leading the tours are quilt expert, Kathy Kenny and barn expert, Don Perkins.

Highly-regarded quilt historian, fiber artist, educator, and lecturer, Kathy Kenny, will share her vast knowledge of vintage quilts and the world of quilting. Kathy has been involved nationally and locally in all aspects of quilting, including educating, exhibiting, designing, appraising, and consulting. In addition to writing occasional articles on quilting, she is currently the Maine State Quilters Guild’s liaison to the New England Quilt Museum and presents her historical quilt lectures throughout New England.

Through the displayed vintage quilts we will deepen our understanding of the economic role of women and how quilt patterns and styles reflect local, regional, and national events. As the very fabric of rural life, quilts reflect the economy, personal choice, and necessity of life. If you think quilts are just pretty, decorative coverings, then this part of the tour will change your mind. You’ll end this tour with a new appreciation of quilts, the stories they have to tell, and our textile history.

Don Perkins, journalist, educator, and barn enthusiast, is a former woodworker with a long held passion for the history and craft associated with barns. Freelance writing since 2005, Don penned a terrific series on local barns during 2007-8 for a Gray-New Gloucester weekly that garnered much interest in its 20 week run. He now writes a weekly column on people and events for the Portland Press Herald, as well as a barn series for the Advertiser Democrat in Norway. A member of the Timber Framers Guild, Don has spoken at area historical societies and has led barn tours. Don is the author of the forthcoming book, “Our Barns: A History of the Barns of Maine.”

We’ll learn about the historic roles of barns in the evolution of farmsteads and how northern New England economics of mixed farming and home-industry created a unique architectural response. Our tour will examine the shifts in barn construction and how those shifts related to the evolving economic challenges facing farmers in our area.

The social, cultural and economic lives of those who lived in coastal Northern New England will be further illuminated through an examination of barns and quilts.

The event will begin with coffee and orientation at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop on Rt. 1 South in Freeport. After touring the final barn, we’ll conclude the afternoon with music by the Maine Highland Fiddlers, cider and a tour of the timber frame barn at the Houses and Barns by John Libby barn on Rt. 136, Post Road in Freeport.

Freeport Historic Barns & Quilts Tour is a fundraiser of Freeport Historical Society. Tickets are $25.00pp and must be purchased in advance. These can be purchased online via Mastercard, VISA or your paypal account at www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org (hit the Online donation button, enter your ticket amount, and send) or by check (mail to 45 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032.)  FMI: 207-865-3170 or www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org

The event sold-out in 2010. Don’t be disappointed- reserve today.

Freeport Historic Barns & Quilts tour is sponsored by Houses & Barns by John Libby, Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop, and Mariners’ Compass in Bath.

FMI: Contact Freeport Historical Society at (207) 865-3170 or info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

We’ve been yarn bombed!

Take a look at the skilled stitchery that we discovered in our courtyard.  An anonymous artist has added a vine of beautiful crocheted flowers to an otherwise plain lamp post.  The colors are a perfect match to the surroundings!




Kids diggin’ at Harrington House

Try your hand at archaeology

Every Wednesday at 10 am and 1 pm, and at other times by request, we offer specially guided excavations at our kids’ site out front! Children can learn the basics of archaeology, including digging methods and using artifacts to tell a story about past lives.

There is an indoor self-guided artifact matching game for kids that goes along with the exhibit, as well as a story contest. Families may also enjoy the demonstration archaeological screening activity on our front porch, where dirt reveals hidden treasures!

Recommended ages 6-15 (or anyone with interest!), parental assistance is necessary for children under 11. To be sure of a guided dig, please call us beforehand at (207) 865-3170, or email info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

Kids diggin' at Harrington House

Archaeology in action at Pettengill Farm

Our thanks to the Portland Press Herald for featuring a video of the recent archaeological excavations at Pettengill Farm.  Check out the video here!

Inspired by what you’ve seen?  Come along to one of our guided archaeological tours of Pettengill this week.  Tours run at 10am and 1pm on Thursday, August 11 and Saturday, August 13.  For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, call (207) 865-3170 or e-mail info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.  The cost is $10 for adults or $5 for members of Freeport Historical Society.

Freeport Historical Society Receives Major Federal Grant

Freeport Historical Society was notified by the office of Rep. Chellie Pingree that it is the recipient of a $64,000  Museums for America grant  for Collections Stewardship.

Museums for America is one of the grant programs of the Institute of Museum Sciences (IMLS.)

“We are very excited to have been awarded this two-year grant which allows us to produce a plan to guide the future development of our collections, a core component of our strategic plan,” stated Executive Director, Christina White.

 Of 481 applications requesting more than $53,655,280. a  peer-review process selected 160 projects for funding totaling $18,777,552.

 Freeport Historical Society’s collection, which consists of a wide variety of artifacts and archival materials, lies at the heart of its mission is to “collect, preserve, research, make available, and interpret artifacts and archival materials related to the history, culture, and fabric of Freeport, Maine.”  These materials are shared with the public through exhibitions, programs, lectures and other activities, and by making them available to students, journalists, geneaologists and  researchers.  It is recognized as an exceptionally well-documented and catalogued collection, allowing substantial intellectual control of the archival collection, which has been entered into a searchable database reflecting standard archival practices.  The artifact collection has also been fully catalogued.

 This project is in step with FHS strategic plan, which specifically states that the Freeport Historical Society’s collections will continue to grow, “guided by a thoughtful acquisitions plan.”     A well-articulated collections plan, by guiding choices for acquiring and deaccessioning collections, will enable more efficient use of the space and resources currently available.  In the long term, it will also make new and expanded facilities more efficient, since these facilities will be designed with the plan in mind.    In its broadest sense, by refining and improving the quality of the collection, this project  will involve and ultimately serve the entire Freeport Historical Society audience, which consists of society members, local residents, and visitors with whom we interact at our two historic properties.  It will also help the society expand its educational offerings, another of its strategic goals. 

 An independent museum consultant with experience in collections management will be hired to carry out the work of surveying the collection, reporting their findings to the project manager and the rest of the team, providing third-party professional insight into discussions, and preparing written documentation, including a draft of the final plan.

 This project will produce a written collections plan that will provide the basis for the collecting activities of the Freeport Historical Society for years to come.  The document will articulate a vision for the collections, their role in the society, and their contribution to the society’s ability to fulfill its mission, as well as spelling out collecting priorities.  This will enable the organization to move beyond its current passive and reactive mode to undertake proactive initiatives to acquire important collections and enhance its holdings. 

“Congratulations to the Museums for America grantees. We are pleased to support museums through investments in high-priority, high value activities that benefit communities throughout the US. These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come,” stated IMLS Director Susan Hildreth.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

Freeport Historical Society, founded in 1969, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.